As I kick off this triathlon training season (next week), I find myself without my coach, not out of choice, but out of necessity. Dee Dee has started her job. I have a new contract starting next week. Our oldest son is going to go off to college after the summer, and we (Dee Dee and I) have two huge races on our schedule. This basically means that I am managing my own plan for the first half of this year.
The afore mentioned book comes with 3 running plans for each triathlon distance. At first, I thought I'd pick the level 2 plan and go with that. After digging through the time requirements for it, I quickly realized that time alone would shoot that plan full of holes. It would be better to go with the level 1 plan. The only problem is that it is 14 weeks long. I laid out the fourteen week plan, then stretched it out to 17 weeks with what I thought was best. This, quite frankly, is what makes every bit of money Elizabeth earns totally worth it. Now, I have the first month laid out in detail, and I want to scrap it and start all over. I really need to understand the WHY of these training plans more than the what, and I see a level 1 USAT coaching license in my future.
I was reading Gordo's blog the other day, and he said that almost all of your base workouts need to be at or below your aerobic threshold. Strangely enough, this coincided almost exactly with what Bobby McGee sez in the book. Not surprising since Gordo trained under Bobby a bit. The way the two calculate AeT is a bit different, but I'm not sure that matters too much. Bobby's way is easier by the way.
Taking this to heart, I have been doing all of my riding and running in this preparatory phase of my training at or below my AeT. Gordo warns that this would be slow, and he was right. All of my miles have been coming in at over 12 minute miles. Since I am notorious for being a numbers guy, I've had to suck in my ego and do as I'm told, something else I'm rather good at by the way... The plan is, after all, the plan.